Tuesday, March 20, 2012


For details about this eBook's  publication (whose working title was Constitutional Law 101, for the American Patriot), including its Expanded Table of Contents, please see my blog of February 7, 2012

As of today, The American Constitution and Ayn Rand's "Inner Contradiction" is available at www.smashwords.com.  Within a week or so it will be available on most eBook and various app readers, including Kindle.

The approximately 200-page book is priced at $4.99.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012


In the several years that the first edition of my book about Justice Thomas's opinions has been available, and in the several months since the second edition has been published, I have not circulated any of the many favorable reviews that I've received.

I'm making an exception this time for a Kindle review written last month because it succinctly captures what I was trying to accomplish.  The review follows..........

At a time when a sitting Supreme Court Justice (Ginsburg) suggests that the US Constitution is not an appropriate model for constitution drafting in the year 2010, this book demonstratively proves that Justice Clarence Thomas reveres, and remains true to, the words of our constitution.  This is an excellent book, written so that it can be understood by lawyers and non-lawyers alike.  (My emphasis.)

One wishes that it were required reading in schools--because it so ably discusses the history of our founding documents and shows why Justice Thomas is a worthy role model for future Justices.  This book is especially well-suited for reading on an iPad (via the Kindle app).  When read electronically, it is effortless to toggle between sections that are so meaningful that they beg to be reread.

(Thanks DK.)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


For most of my career as a practicing constitutional lawyer and law professor I’ve been a severe critic of the Supreme Court of the United States and most of its justices.  And with good reason!  See, for example (www.henrymarkholzer.com; www.henrymarkholzer.blogspot.com) and “Worst Supreme Court Decisions.”

There have been exceptions, of course, and some justices have written damn fine opinions.  Unfortunately, though, even most legal professionals—judges, lawyers, law professors, especially Conservatives and Libertarians—let alone laypersons, aren’t familiar with many of the best Supreme Court constitutional law opinions (most of which are dissents).  Those opinions deserve to see the light of day, and their authors acknowledged for fealty to the Constitution (even if their commitment is often fleeting).

To shed light on many of those opinions, I’ve decided to create a series of short eBooks entitled Best Opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States.  If the first couple of volumes elicit enough interest, from time to time Madison Press will publish succeeding eBook volumes containing majority, concurring and dissenting Supreme Court constitutional law opinions that I’ve selected and edited. 

My accompanying commentary will place the opinions into their appropriate factual and constitutional context and fully explain them in terms laypersons can understand.  Most, though not all, of the volumes will have a theme (e.g., religion, speech, contract, property).  Volume I deals with the subject of race in America.  There are five cases:

Plessy v. Ferguson.  Justice Harlan shreds the majority’s “separate but equal” ruling, on moral and constitutional grounds.

Korematsu v. United States.  Justice Jackson argues that the “relocation” of Japanese-American citizens during World War II was racist and  unconstitutional.

Runyon v. McCrary.  Justice White repudiates the majority’s perverse decision that in the name of “civil rights” private citizens can be forced to make contracts with persons of another race.

Fullilove v. Klutznick.  Justice Stewart opposes federal racial preferences for everyone from Negroes to Aleuts.

Grutter v. Bollinger.  Justice Thomas exposes the fallacies of, and destruction caused by, affirmative action.

Because these are actual Supreme Court opinions, in the justices’ own words, each volume of Best Opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States, Volume I, will quote extensively and thus be a reader in thematic subjects of American constitutional law.  The opinions will deal generally with individual rights, limited government, free markets, national sovereignty and security—specifically in the context of federalism, separation of powers, judicial restraint, speech contract, property, race, autonomy, religion and more.

Every volume in this series will contain approximately thirty to fifty pages.

All volumes will be available only as eBooks, on Kindle and other eBook digital reading devices.
No printed copies will be available.  
The most direct way to learn about publication of new volumes of Best Opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States is to register (free of charge) to receive my blog: www.henrymarkholzer.blogspot.com.  That's the only place I'll announce their availability.
This eBook was “published” today and starting about March 17th will become available on Amazon Kindle, iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Copia, Gardeners, Baker & Taylor and eBookPie.
Because my goal for this project is to illustrate to as many Americans as possible what Supreme Court decision making could be in a better judicial climate, Best Opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States, Volume I, is priced at $2.99.
If you find these books worthwhile, I have two requests.  One is that you inform as many people as possible about Volume I, and ask that they do the same.  This goes double for all Tea Partiers, because most of them have their own lists containing the names of like-minded folks.  Second, please write a positive review on Kindle and as many other e-book sites as you can.
One last point.  Best Opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States, Volume I, should not be confused with The American Constitution and Ayn Rand's "Inner Contradiction" (formerly entitled Constitutional Law 101, for the American Patriot), which I announced a couple of weeks ago.   
That book, some 200 pages in length, will be available both as an eBook and in a print edition (the latter through Amazon.com).  Because print production takes longer than an eBook--though we are on schedule for publication in about four to six weeks--the eBook will come first and should be available in less than two weeks.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

ANNOUNCING eBOOK PUBLICATION OF "AYN RAND: MY FICTION-WRITING TEACHER: A novelist's mentor-protege relationship with the author of Atlas Shrugged"

After Paramount Pictures turned Erika Holzer's novel Eye for an Eye into a feature film starring Sally Field, Kiefer Sutherland and Ed Harris, and directed by John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy), she found herself reminiscing about how much she owed her fiction-writing mentor, Ayn Rand.

In 2005 Madison Press published the trade paperback of Ayn Rand: My Fiction-Writing Teacher, and ever since it’s been a steady seller on Amazon.com at the price of $20.00.  (Reviews can be found at www.amazon.com and at www.erikaholzer.com).

Since that time, the publishing world has changed dramatically—especially because of the advent of eBooks, led by Amazon’s Kindle.  Today’s extensive distribution of books through the Internet could not have predicted even a decade ago.  The Internet makes it possible for countless readers who prefer using electronic devices over traditional books, to access Kindle and its competitors faster, and at a consistently lower cost.

To reach that market, Madison Press has created an eBook of Ayn Rand: My Fiction-Writing Teacher.  At the price of $4.99, the eBook contains major portions of the trade paperback edition, omitting only Part Three—which consists of two Erika Holzer short stories, endorsements of her two novels, and six short essays about Ayn Rand and Erika's own writing.

The eBook became available today at Smashwords.com, and will soon be available on Kindle, iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Copia, Gardeners, Baker & Taylor, eBook Pie, Apple iPad, Diesel, and most other digital reading devices.

Those readers interested in Part Three are able to purchase the printed version of Ayn Rand: My Fiction-Writing Teacher from Amazon.com.

The Table of Contents of the eBook appears below.

Table of Contents



Four years as Ayn Rand’s literary protégé
Part One: The “What”

Chapter One
Lawyer versus writer: a foot in both world
Chapter Two
Make room for passion
Chapter Three
Pitfalls and traps
Chapter Four
Eye for an Eye: back on track
Part Two: The “How”

Chapter Five
Stoking your subconscious
Chapter Six
Avoiding false starts
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Interviewing: subcategory of research
Chapter Ten
Plot, plot and plot
Chapter Eleven
Take your inspiration where you find it
Chapter Twelve
Style: the “how” of a story
Chapter Thirteen
Romantic realism versus naturalism
Chapter Fourteen
All of Rand’s novels have heroes
Chapter Fifteen
There are heroes . . . and heroes
Chapter Sixteen
Ayn Rand’s famous “crow epistemology”
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Emotional fuel
Chapter Nineteen
A dynamic combination
Chapter Twenty
Sense of life: “a profoundly personal matter”
Chapter Twenty-One
The moral of the story
About the Author